Boko Haram: Nigeria is in a state of war – Governor Shettima

the governor said given the present state of affairs, it is impossible to defeat Boko Haram.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has said that Nigeria is in a state of war as the military tries to defeat the Boko Haram.

Mr. Shettima also said the fight against Boko Haram is far from being won, as the insurgents seem to be more motivated than the Nigerian military. He said though the troops were doing their best, the insurgents were better armed.

Fielding questions from journalists after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House in Abuja, Mr. Shettima said Nigeria was facing a threat of war. He said the faster Nigerian leaders braced up to the challenge, the better it would be.

“Well, in a nutshell what we are being confronted with is that we are in a state of war. It is what I came to update Mr. President, the sooner we stop playing the ostrich and rise up to the challenges of the day, and marshal all resources towards visualizing the antics of Boko Haram, the better for all of us,” the governor said.

“But the bottom line is that we need more resources, more vote on ground. In all fairness to the officers and men of the Nigerian Army and Police, they are doing their best given the circumstances they have found themselves in. But honestly Boko Haram are better armed and are better motivated than our own troops.

“And believe me, I am (an) eternal optimist as I have always said. But I am also a realist. Given the present state of affairs, it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram,” he said.

Asked if the president was made to understand that the Boko Haram were better armed, the governor said, “I made it emphatically clear to Mr. President that the Boko Haram are better armed and better motivated, anybody who is following events in this country can attest to the fact that they have a very smooth sail overrunning communities, killing people.

“Have we ever succeeded in thwarting any of their plans? They went to Konduga and did what they wanted to do; they held sway for several hours before they left. They were in Kauri, Izge.

“And I don’t blame the Nigerian military honestly, we the leaders should be held responsible for our failure in leadership”.

No fewer than 100 people were killed, weekend, in separate attacks in Baga and Izge villages of Kukawa and Gwoza Local Government Areas of Borno State by suspected members of Boko Haram sect.

On the figure of lives lost in attacks by insurgents, the governor said, “In Idzge alone we lost 106 people and they raided eight other communities so until I get back home, today or tomorrow I cannot give you the exact figure. But some were hospitalized with very great injuries so I am afraid the figures might climb”.

On an alleged recent threat by members of the insurgent group to launch an onslaught if Cameroon assists the Nigerian government to fight it, Mr. Shettima said, “I am not privy to such an information.”

“But the President has assured us that he will put in his best to see that the unfortunate tendency of the Boko Haram overrunning communities and butchering innocent souls is brought under control,” he said.

When asked about the implication the Boko Haram attacks will have on the 2015 elections, the governor said he did not care about the elections. He said his major concern is that peace should return to the state and the northern region as a whole.

“It’s too early for anybody to talk about election when human lives are involved, power comes from God and He gives power to whom He will. I don’t care a hoot whether elections are here but I do care that peace is restored in Borno and the North East sub-region, so people should stop playing politics” he said.

Borno, like Adamawa and Yobe, has been under emergency rule for almost a year as the military tries to defeat the insurgents.

Hundreds of people have been killed by the insurgents since the start of the year with hundreds of houses burnt in several communities. Over 6,000 Nigerians have also been displaced to neighbouring Chad, Niger, and Cameroon in 2014 alone, according to the United Nations.


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  • Goddey

    NA WA o. D president should please resign if he can’t tackle boko haram or is he waiting for them to wipe out d northerners? I tire o. A president that cannot fulfill any of his promises. God help naija

  • Goddey

    NA WA o. D president should please resign if he can’t tackle boko haram or is he waiting for them to wipe out d northerners? I tire o. A president that cannot fulfill any of his promises. God help naija

    • Afam

      If you fetch ants-infested fire wood,lizards must surely pay you visits!!!!..Let the Governor open up and stop playing to the gallery..His master Ali modu sheriff created those boys so they should deal with their mess..

  • Innocent

    Last Sunday, the president said we should pray.

    • RICH

      yes . prayer answers all things.

  • Hausa Man

    “I made it emphatically clear to the president that Boko Haram is better armed than our army”. This is what a sitting governor says to the president…..in the richest country in africa.. There are no words for this

  • John

    Why wait for Boko Haram to attack, why not take the battle to them. The miltary should use infrared satellite technology to locate these clowns in the forest , and blow them to hell !

  • Ayinde

    Goddey you seem not a serious person, so the only prescription you could proffer is that he should resign. Then my question is if another person comes in there and promises heaven on earth, yet these animals callef human continue with their onslaught. The next guy resigns. So what happens the cycle continues.
    Lets us examine the motivation for killing other human and what do we do to arrest those whose heart js soldvto Satan and would not stop until we are all wipe offf

  • chiedoziee harrimann

    Hypocrites! If it was the easterners killing people like Boko Haram did, they would have united( all northerners) to fight them. They refused to call ‘Jihad’ and fight those elements killing them everyday. What a shame!

    • Gwarjo

      Mtswsssss…..Useless talk…….If you can`t talk, please keep quiet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Just Say it as it is

    The northern governors need to come up with pragmatic solutions to end the idiocy and madness of terrorism ravaging their domains, we do not have the luxury of time. We need Democratic tranquility now for the enhancement of national development and growth in the northern region. God help Nigeria and Nigerians.

  • concernednigerian

    The Far-North is in a state of war yet their interest is on the presidency.

  • grace

    John u are rite, Mr. President should not give up, they should use satellite system to locate the animals and wife them out. I disagree with Governor Shettima that they r more stronger than d military. Though it pains me they remove my kins man as Army Chief.

  • PEOPLE

    northern elders were happy when BH started killing. southerners were calling on the northerners to join hand and stop their activities, but they refuse. Chiroma & Kaita were the one who want nigeria ungovernable for GEJ.

  • Oluwakayode

    can these guys be any more transparent? I am ashamed that this man can call himself a governor of a Nigerian state. how many people are supposed to die in order for them to portray the president as ineffective? do dis people have no fear of God or sense of humanity? Why has a jihad or fatua not been called on BH? or is the situation not blasphamous or serious enough to warrant that? God help us.

  • We have a President and Commander of the Armed Forces. 2015 is still far off, please protect fellow Nigerians from BH.

  • Mohammed Mamman

    oh my dear God ,save us from this calamities